I am moving from the USA back to the UK to look after my Mother who has dementia. I have been told because I have not lived in th UK for more than 2 years that I will not be entitled to any form of carer’s allowances! Can anyone tell me if this is true?

Thanks in advance

Unfortunately, that would seem to be correct. Here is the relevant page on the Government website:

This may also be useful:

Hello Penny

Could I suggest you contact our helpline to check where you stand, they can be contacted on our telephone helpline on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or you can contact us by email (

I’m not sure if you are aware we are currently running a series of online weekly meet ups for carers to get together and chat informally. People say they’ve found it really helpful and supportive and it’s nice to be able to take a little bit of time for yourself. There’s no pressure to share any more than you’re comfortable with. Join up details are here: … ne-meetups
They might be really useful for you Penny, you’ll be able to chat with other cares and pick up lots of information.

We are also now running a weekly Share and Learn sessions, where we run a series of fun and relaxed online sessions where visiting speakers who share tips and skills on a range of topics - please have a look at the link and see if one grabs your attention. … e-sessions

with best wishes